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Online Master of Business Administration

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for working professionals who want to advance their career, broaden their global business mindset, and distinguish themselves in the workplace.

This is more than your typical MBA degree. Offered by the College of Business at the University of Louisville, this MBA delivers proven business theories, practices, and leadership skills, to make you a more engaged and effective business professional. With an optional 10-day international study trip, innovative electives, and certificate opportunities in Distilled Spirits Business, Managerial Analytics or Franchise Management, you can specialize your degree and stand out in today’s competitive market.


In order to show support for our potential students during this global emergency, the College of Business at UofL elected to waive the GMAT requirement for all applicants to the online MBA program until further notice. To get started, view additional application requirements below or fill out the GMAT waiver request form (select "COVID-19 GMAT WAIVER" as the reason).


Complete your degree on your own time through fully online coursework.

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The online MBA requires 36 core credit hours (12 courses) and 9 credit hours in electives (3 courses).

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Expand your global business savvy with an international study trip (optional).

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"If you are nervous about managing a career and MBA, don’t be. This is the perfect model for someone balancing multiple priorities. Furthermore, this is a world-class education that comes with amazing benefits, and can help you build lasting professional relationships."

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How Much Will I Pay?

Tuition & Aid    

The online MBA is eligible for military Tuition Assistance. Program cost does not include textbooks or airfare for the international trip. Competitive scholarships are available.

Does your employer offer tuition reimbursement?

You may be required to submit a request for tuition reimbursement. Download a Sample Request Letter [PDF] to get started.


  • Skip the GMAT/GRE – waivers currently available for all applicants.
  • Develop vital business skills needed to lead teams and improve the bottom line.
  • Expand your global business savvy with an optional international study trip.
  • Engage with world-class faculty who have extensive industry background and leadership experience.
  • Learn from business leaders, guest speakers, and successful alumni.
  • Network with other business professionals across the globe.
  • Access your coursework from anywhere with 100% online classes.
  • Complete the program in 20 months (5 semesters), or faster if dual-status.


Expand Your Global Mindset

Optional International Study Trip

Experience global business firsthand during an optional 10-day international study trip, which is included* in the cost of the program. On the trip, you will gain exposure to a variety of companies, industries, and cultures through a mix of business visits, service learning projects, and cultural immersion activities.

You will expand your network by traveling with UofL students from the online, professional, full-time, and innovation MBA programs, as well as College of Business faculty members.

Trips occur in May** and often span two countries. There are several concurrent trips, which means you will have several options to choose from. Past locations for international study trips include Argentina and Chile, Romania and Croatia, China and Taiwan, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, India and United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.

* MBA program charge includes the cost of the trip minus airfare, most dinners, and personal incidentals. No refunds or discounts are applied if the student selects not to travel. Contact Tristan Boisseau, Online Learning Enrollment Counselor, at 502.852.5221 or tristan.boisseau@louisville.edu.
** Alternate non-travel course section must be taken if an optional 10-day international study trip is not undertaken.

Develop Specialized Expertise

Graduate Certificates & Innovative Electives

Gain expertise and differentiate yourself in the market with specialized electives and certificate opportunities. More courses will be announced soon, along with additional certificates.

Business Certificate Opportunities

Complete a certificate in a focused business area or mix-and-match courses from certificate areas to fit your business interests.

  • Franchise Management Certificate – learn critical insights and practical knowledge needed to acquire, run, and grow a franchise business.
  • Distilled Spirits Business Certificate – gain broad-based understanding of the knowledge needed to manage business operations in the distilled spirits industry, including finance, operations, branding, and more.
  • Managerial Analytics Certificate - gain knowledge and skills in rapidly-developing and in-demand areas including business analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, spreadsheet modeling, storytelling through data, and more—all with a business management focus.
  • More online graduate business certificate options coming soon!

NOTE: Certificate courses without prerequisites may be taken individually as part of the 9 required elective hours.

Innovative Electives

Complete your 9 elective hours by choosing from a selection of courses across various key business areas. Electives are offered in the Spring semester.

  • Online elective course areas:
    • General Management
    • Healthcare Management
    • Marketing
    • Military (Transitions: Military to Civilian)
    • Supply Chain Management
  • Other electives are available on-campus across various disciplines. Online students are welcome to take seated electives, if desired.
  • One-day on-campus professional development (PD) courses are available in inclusive leadership, crisis management, negotiation, and business etiquette. Complete three PD courses and earn 1.5 credit hours of electives.

Utilize Your Military Experience

Military-Friendly Features

The University of Louisville is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. As a military-friendly institution, the College of Business offers several features to assist service members pursuing their MBA:

  • Skip the GMAT – waivers currently available for all applicants including military officers with 5+ years of experience and Non-Commissioned Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers with 10+ years of experience.
  • Get credit for the work you’ve already completed – up to 6 credits of graduate-level ACE credits can be applied to your MBA elective requirements.
  • Defray the cost of the program – competitive, merit-based scholarships are available for active duty military and veterans.
  • Stay on track – if you deploy during the program, an academic advisor will work with you to map a personalized plan to get you on the fastest route to graduation.
  • Use elective credits to take our military-specific management course, Transitions: Military to Civilian

Deadline Start Date Term
August 1 Fall August
November 15 Spring January

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Steps to Apply

  1. Complete online application
  2. Submit $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended
  4. Submit GMAT waiver—currently available to all applicants (select "COVID-19 GMAT WAIVER" as the reason)


Currently pursuing or recently earned a graduate or professional degree from UofL?

You could qualify for dual-status and complete your MBA in just 4 semesters! Reach out to Tristan Boisseau, Online Enrollment Counselor, at 800.871.8635 or online@louisville.edu for more details.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement

If transcripts cannot be sent electronically (preferred) please mail to:
College of Business, MBA Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Complete application packet and waiver requests will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Candidates will be notified with a decision within 3-5 business days.

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

International Applicants – Additional Requirements

  • WES or ECE formal transcript evaluation – if you studied outside of the United States, you are required to submit your academic records for a formal evaluation (visit www.wes.org or www.ece.org for more information)
  • TOEFL scores – score of 79 and higher on the internet-based test required; scores must be 2 years old or less at the time of application

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact Tristan Boisseau, Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or tristan.boisseau@louisville.edu.

The online MBA is a 45 credit hour program that requires 36 credit hours in core courses and 9 credit hours in electives. You can use your electives to earn a certificate in a specialized business area or select from a variety of innovative online and on-campus courses available across various disciplines.

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
1 MBA 626 Applied Microeconomics for Business 3.0
MBA 631 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analytics 3.0
MBA 668 Information Technology Management in a Digital Economy 3.0
2 MBA 628 Financial Accounting 3.0
MBA 635 Managerial Finance 3.0
MBA 625 Managerial Accounting 3.0
3 MBA 623 Global Learning (International Study Trip) 1.5
MBA 621 Global Business 1.5
MBA 630 Operations Design and Analysis 3.0
MBA 640 Marketing Management 3.0
4 MBA 655 Strategic Management 3.0
MBA 656 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.0
MBA 632 Strategic Managerial Communication 3.0
5 Elective courses 9.0

Online Certificate Options

NOTE: Certificate courses without pre-requisities may be taken individually as part of the 9 required elective hours.

Online Elective Course Areas

  • General Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Marketing
  • Military (Transitions: Military to Civilian)
  • Supply Chain Management

Course Descriptions

  • Is the international trip required?

    No, although the trip does count as a core and the trip is all-inclusive, outside of incidentals and airfare, so we highly encourage you attend if able. Alternate non-travel course section must be taken if an optional 10-day international study trip is not undertaken. MBA program charge includes the cost of the trip minus airfare, most dinners, and personal incidentals. No refunds or discounts are applied if the student selects not to travel. To learn more about the international study trip, please visit: https://business.louisville.edu/academics-programs/graduate-programs/apply/global-study-opportunities/international-study-trip/

  • Am I required to visit campus at any point?

    No, you are not required to visit campus. You are welcome to visit at any time to meet with faculty, admissions team, career services, etc., and to participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony.

  • Is there a part-time option?

    No. Our program is cohort based which means you will complete 9 credit hours per semester over 5 semesters. However, the courses themselves are accelerated, so you only ever take 1 course at a time, completing 3 – 4 courses in a semester. We have found that students appreciate the structure of the program (no worries over which class to take and when) and find that the structure helps them stay on course to graduate. Additionally, we manage your enrollment therefore lessening any undue stress of registration concerns.

  • Is there an active duty tuition rate?

    No, however we do offer a military scholarship up to $3,000.00 as well as GMAT waivers and up to 6 hours of transfer credit. Contact Tristan Boisseau at tristan.boisseau@louisville.edu to learn more about your opportunities.

  • Are there scholarship opportunities available?

    Yes! Click here to view the current list of graduate scholarships offered through our College of Business. Please note that scholarships are limited, therefore we encourage you to contact the MBA and Graduate Programs office at 502-852-6440 to discuss your situation.

  • What if I need to take a semester off (or am active duty and have to leave on orders)?

    This is not an issue, although we ask that you contact the MBA and Graduate Office and inform them of your situation. As with our on-campus programs, you would rejoin the next cohort and pick up where you left off.

  • Is the GMAT required?

    The GMAT is an excellent tool to help you refresh the math concepts you need in any MBA program, therefore, we certainly encourage you to prepare and take it. We do however waive this requirement based on certain criteria (learn more). If you decide to submit the waiver request form, it will be reviewed with your entire packet and you will be notified. In some cases where the GMAT is waived, you may be instructed to www.mbamath.com prior to the program start date.

    Please keep in mind, the UofL MBA program is quantitative, classes are 5-week long, and we want you to be successful; the GMAT is a great preparatory tool for the math required.

    Should you have any concerns regarding the GMAT, we encourage you to contact the MBA and Graduate Admissions Office at 502-852-6440. Note: we will also accept GRE scores.

  • I don’t meet any of the conditions for the GMAT waiver, can I still apply for a waiver?

    Yes. The committee will review your waiver request and notify you of the decision.

  • What is the process for applying for the GMAT waiver?

    Complete the form as soon as possible at https://business.louisville.edu/graduate-programs-gmat-waiver-request/. Your request will be reviewed along with your completed application packet and you will be notified of the decision.

    Please note: you can gain provisional admission to the program pending GMAT/GRE scores, so it’s encouraged you begin and complete your application outside of those scores as soon as possible.

  • Can I start this program in the spring/summer?

    No, we currently only admit new students in the fall semester (August of each year).

  • How much time should I dedicate to each course per week?

    You should plan for 7-10 hours per week. However, this will vary from individual to individual. For example, if you are knowledgeable and/or have had exposure to the subject matter, it may take less time. Each course is 100% online, lasts 5 weeks, and is completely asynchronous, so there are never specific class meeting times. You work around your own schedule each week to make sure your complete assignments, etc., by the deadline.

  • Are there any career services?

    Yes! Our College of Business offers career services for life. To learn more, visit our Career Services page.